Dr. Laura Stix graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in British Columbia. Prior to this she earned an Honours Degree in Science from the University of Waterloo, graduating magna cum laude with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Biology. Dr. Stix has always held a passion for motivating others to achieve their full potential in life. Patient-centered care is central to her practice, and she works in partnership with her patients to optimize health, vitality and happiness. Living overseas in both Australia and Japan, combined with extensive world travel, Dr. Stix respects and values cultural diversity. The treatment strategies she utilizes are tailored to the individual, based on their unique social, physiological, mental, spiritual, environmental and lifestyle profiles. Dr. Stix is also a Certified FirstLine Therapy Practitioner and utilizes this additional training in the management of chronic disease through personalized lifestyle medicine programs. As a general practitioner, she addresses a full spectrum of complaints and concerns, both mental and physical.
As evidenced by scientific research, the impact of thoughts, emotions and stress on the physiology of the body is significant, and can sometimes be the limiting factor to achieving health and happiness. As such, Dr. Stix pursued additional training from The Pacific Institute of Advanced Hypnotherapy, the only school in Canada affiliated with a university as an elective for medical students. Clinical hypnotherapy has unlimited potential in addressing patient concerns, including: skin conditions, asthma, pain management, fears and phobias, behavior modification, smoking cessation, stress management, weight reduction, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, sports performance.
Hypnosis, when mentioned in conversation, creates varied reactions in people. There are many misconceptions about hypnosis.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind and is perhaps best defined as “guided meditation”. Many of us enter a meditative or “trance” state while listening to music, watching TV, or while reading. It is simply a slower brainwave state, characterized by extraordinary physical and mental relaxation. This enables the Conscious critical mind to become an observer, while the gateway for direct communication with the Subconscious mind opens. This allows the hypnotherapist to assist their clients to make changes at a deep Subconscious level needed for permanent change. Hypnosis is empowering.
Why does hypnosis work?
The Conscious mind is that part of the mind that allows us to reason, solve problems and make decisions; it accounts for only about 10% of our mind’s power. That explains why our
“will power” so often fails us when we depend on it to help us make changes in ourselves.
The Subconscious mind is the feeling part of us which contains all our emotions, memories, habits, belief systems, and controls all of our internal organs. It accounts for 90% of our
Our Subconscious mind is unable to reason or rationalize. It does not know the difference between right or wrong, but does what we instruct or “program” it to do. If we tell it we are competent people, we will be. If we tell it that we are inferior, that is what we will become.
Most of our programming takes place during our childhood before we develop our ability to reason. This explains why some of our earlier belief systems no longer serve us as they
If during childhood we are praised, encouraged and supported, we will develop a healthy self-esteem, but if we are put down and criticized we will develop a poor self-esteem.
Fortunately, most of the programming we received as children serves us well as adults, but we also received negative programming, usually put there unknowingly by parents, teachers
The negative programming is what holds us back as adults. It determines our self-esteem, our confidence level, whether we succeed in reaching our goals and how we react to situations and stressors in life.
Hypnosis allows us to go back and replace any negative programming with positive systems of our choosing. The process of hypnosis gives us the power to utilize 100% of our mental resources to make the changes in ourselves that we desire.
What does it feel like?
Hypnosis is always accompanied by an extraordinary sense of physical relaxation. Every muscle in your body becomes pleasantly relaxed and all tension disappears. Hypnosis is not sleep; your mind is quite aware of what is taking place. In fact, your mind is in an expanded state of awareness. Most people find the experience extremely pleasant.
Who can be hypnotized?
Hypnosis is simply a relaxation process. In fact, every healthy individual goes into and out of the same brain wave you are in while hypnotized, each and every day. You have experienced a form of hypnosis any time you have daydreamed, driven the route home “mindlessly”, or cried while watching a movie. If willing, anyone can be hypnotized.
Can I be made to do something against
You maintain the ability to reject any suggestion given to you while in hypnosis. No one can make you do anything against your will. You are always in control of your own mind and body. The hypnotherapist is simply a facilitator.
Can I get stuck in HYPNOSIS?
No! Absolutely not! Remember, hypnosis is a perfectly natural state of mind. It is part of our brain wave cycle, as are sleep and fully conscious states. You maintain control.
Will I be unconscious?
No, you are simply in a dual state of mind where the Subconscious and Conscious minds overlap. You are actually in an expanded state of awareness.
What are some of the Conditions that will Benefit from Hypnosis?
- Quitting smoking
- Emotional or binge eating
- Fears or phobias
INTRAVENOUS VITAMIN & MINERAL THERAPY
IV therapy allows vitamins and minerals to enter your cells directly, so it is especially beneficial for people with chronic digestive problems. It improves blood circulation and immune system function while energizing the body and strengthening your ability to fight infection.
After analyzing your medical history, Vitalia physicians prescribe a nutrient IV for your individual needs.
Specific IV infusions can also deliver vitamin C to assist immune response and healing, and glutathione – a powerful antioxidant that protects your body from harmful free radicals but that can not be taken as a supplement as it is broken down by the digestive system.
Intravenous Vitamin C
A slow intravenous infusion is used to deliver a high dosage of vitamin C and other nutrients. At a low to moderate dosage, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant with important functions in the immune response, wound healing and the recycling of other antioxidants such as vitamin E. However, at a large dose, vitamin C can induce oxidative damage to cells, induce cancer cells to undergo apoptosis, boost the immune system and aid in detoxification therapies.
Intravenous vitamin C is beneficial in the following conditions:
high blood pressure
heavy metal removal
Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants found in the human body. It protects the body’s tissues from harmful free radicals including tissues of the arteries, brain, heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, skin, and lens of the eyes.
Our immune system requires glutathione to kill bacteria, viruses and cancer cells. As levels decline, our body’s ability to fight infection also declines.
The highest levels of Glutathione are found within the liver. These levels decline as we age. Environmental toxins also deplete crucial glutathione levels, making our cells more vulnerable
Glutathione cannot be taken as a supplement because it is broken down by the digestive system before reaching the cells. Intravenous glutathione is the most effective way to raise
Intravenous glutathione can be used in the treatment of: